This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the same height?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
Look on the back of any modern book and you will find an ISBN code. Take this code and calculate this sum in the way shown. Can you see what the answers always have in common?
Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have 12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.